Lambeth Cyclists welcome Council’s Southbank cycle ban change of heart

Lambeth Cyclists news release 4 February 2011: Lambeth Cyclists welcome Council’s Southbank cycle ban change of heart

Lambeth Cyclists today welcomed the announcement by Lambeth Council that signs banning cycling on the Southbank are to be removed.

The signs, put up in December, were a result of pressure from some local residents and businesses concerned about irresponsible cycling on the Southbank, one of London’s most popular leisure and commuter cycle routes.

However the effect of the signs has been to force responsible cyclists on to the parallel Lambeth Palace Road where many cyclists feel unsafe. The ban also impacted on tourism as the Southbank route is used extensively by companies leading cycle tours of London, featuring as it does the Houses of Parliament as a backdrop.

The signs attracted criticism from many local residents, local cyclists, pedestrians’ organisation Living Streets as well as the Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Green party London Assembly Member Jenny Jones.

This week Lambeth announced that the no cycling signs are to be replaced by new signs welcoming considerate cycling and advising that pedestrians have priority on the path.

Lambeth Cyclists Coordinator Philip Loy commented “We welcome Lambeth council’s change of heart on this issue. Attempting an outright ban on cycling was not a genuine solution to any antisocial behaviour. Lambeth Cyclists are working with the council to look at ways of encouraging considerate cycling, but in the longer term we urge that Lambeth council work with Transport for London to make Lambeth Palace Road safer for cyclists so that there is a better choice of routes for leisure cyclists and commuters.”

Further information
Further information on this issue including a video looking at the issue on the ground is available on the London Cycling Campaign website 

Local cyclist and cycle trainer Charlie Holland who runs blog Kennington People on Bikes has photographed usage of the Thames path and Lambeth Palace Road at various times of the day and found little evidence of cyclists cycling irresponsibly – see his blog for photographs of the Southbank at various times of the day.

A Freedom of Information request to Lambeth Council has revealed that the No cycling signs cost £2,600 to install – these will now be replaced by the new signs.

About us
Lambeth Cyclists is one of the largest borough groups which make up the London Cycling Campaign, we work with Lambeth Council and Transport for London to make things better for cyclists in Lambeth.

The London Cycling Campaign is the largest urban cycling organisation in the world working to make London a world class cycling city.

Luke Evans 07973 786015 / Philip Loy 07960 026450

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